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Old 06-24-2015, 12:18 AM
 
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Straddling the digital and print ages, new Silver Spring Library opens - The Washington Post

New library in Silver Spring has opened with plenty of new amenities. Good to see along with the new library that opened in Gaithersburg recently.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:11 AM
 
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RE: phoenixmike11 "New library in Silver Spring"

Yes, I was happy to read the same article but felt author was fawning too much over how it'd serve the poor, homeless, unconnected, etc. Careful of having it wear too many hats or you'll have the down-and-out camping out at the facility, thus dragging it down in the gutter like what happened to the MLK Library in downtown Washington. I recall Washington Post articles which addressed "disturbing smells" and other decay that were evident at that once-grand library.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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The first two floors were supposed to be pyramid atlantic, but montgomery county pulled out of that. I am still sort of upset about that, as it would have been a great use of the space.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:56 AM
 
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The first two floors were supposed to be pyramid atlantic, but montgomery county pulled out of that. I am still sort of upset about that, as it would have been a great use of the space.
Pyramid Atlantic pulled out, not the county. The original agreement was for the county to give Pyramid the library space for free and in return Pyramid would give a slice of their current location's land to the county. That way, the county could use the land to expand Ripley St. so buses could make the turn off Georgia Ave. into the new SS transit center. Instead, Pyramid sold the land to a third party without breaking off the piece the county required in exchange for the free library space. The county then tried to negotiate a new deal, but Pyramid ultimately decided to walk away, instead. I don't blame the county at all, in this instance. I'm guessing Pyramid thought they could get away with having their cake and eating it, too, by making millions off the sale of their old property while still getting the new library space for free.
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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Straddling the digital and print ages, new Silver Spring Library opens - The Washington Post

New library in Silver Spring has opened with plenty of new amenities. Good to see along with the new library that opened in Gaithersburg recently.
The brand new facility is being funded by Montgomery County’s Capital Improvement budget and state grants, with a total cost of $69.5 million for the entire project, including land purchase, utility relocation, building constructions, furniture, new books and permit costs, according to the project’s website.
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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The brand new facility is being funded by Montgomery Countyís Capital Improvement budget and state grants, with a total cost of $69.5 million for the entire project, including land purchase, utility relocation, building constructions, furniture, new books and permit costs, according to the projectís website.
Correct. It'll also act as a Purple Line station (the PL cuts through the library site, in case you haven't seen the library in person nor the architectural renderings).
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Correct. It'll also act as a Purple Line station (the PL cuts through the library site, in case you haven't seen the library in person nor the architectural renderings).
No bad for $70 million. This library will be outdated in 2 years. Not a smart use of money IMO
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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Silver Spring is a more complete place thanks to its new library - Greater Greater Washington

another article about the new library (in case some folks can not access the Post due to a paywall)
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